The situation of our sisters and brothers in Philistine has completely overwhelmed me… Across Saudi Arabia, sisters and brothers are sending awareness of the reality of the situation by informing others about companies, from the west, that need to be boycotted in every shape, manner and form. This is coupled with the active participation from university students, flocking together to donate countless of money towards their suffering families in Gaza.
I've contemplated this inconceivable reality during sleepless nights; reflected upon it; pondered over it; questioned... questioned... and questioned some more. My questioning is not of the situation, but rather of my own actions. ‘How am I, a supposed 'Muslim' behaving in the sight of Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta'ala)?’ ‘What does my Lord, azza wa jal, want me to learn from this devastating situation, all of which is under His control?’ and ‘Am I really doing enough?’ As these questions continued to overflow, I suddenly remembered a very beautiful reminder I heard at a sisters' circle last week: situations occur as a means of testing people, thus though such events may not directly be linked to individuals, their final destination in the Aakhirah may very well depend upon it.
"When I wake up, I do not care what happens to me; whether it is good for me or bad for me, for I neither know whether it is good or bad. [And I trust in the decree of my Lord (Swt)]." [A saying attributed to Umar ibn al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu)]
As we continue to discuss this heartbreaking reality; make sincere du’a; collect countless of money in donations and shed heart-felt tears like never before, let us not forget... those that have passed us by - dying in the name of Islam have met their destiny, completed their tests and returned to Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta’ala)… For surely to Jannah are its inhabitants. The enemies have our Lord to answer to, their evil deeds to account for, Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta’ala) to face… And surely to Jahannam are its inhabitants.
For those of us that are left watching… reflecting… pondering … and questioning, let us be reminded that our Lord (Subhaanahu wa ta'ala) Sees and Knows ALL things. Thus, just as hardships may elevate a people and abase others, they are also an unequivocal means of testing others… those that are left behind.
"You may like a thing that is bad for you, and dislike a thing that is good for you, Allah Knows and you know not." [Surah Al-Baqarah (2):216]
May Ar-Rahman aid the believers in passing this test by running to the aid of our sisters and brothers, as a means of seeking Allah’s pleasure, ameen.
Yaa Al-'Afuww shower Your forgiveness upon our sisters and brothers of Philistine, ameen. Yaa Rabbi grant them Your peace, security and refuge for truly You are As-Salam; Al-Muhaymin. Yaa Rabbi, grant our sisters and brothers refuge from Your Punishment, for verily You are Al-Jabbar. Yaa Al-Qadir, make for them a way out of their sufferings and deal with our enemies in the way that they deserve, ameen.
“Allahumma munzilal-kitaabi, saree’al-hisaab, ihzimil-ahzaaba. Allahumma ihzimhum wa zalzilhum”.
“Oh Allah, Revealer of the book, Swift to account, defeat the groups. O Allah defeat them and shake them”. Ameen [Imam Muslim(rahimahullah)]
Ameen Allahumma, ameen.
“Oh Allah You are Mightier than Your creation, there is none worthy of worship but You”. [Imam Bukhaari(rahimahullah)]
"Subhaanahka Allahumma wa bihamdika, ashadu alaa ilaha illa anta, wa astagfirooka wa atoobu ilayk." "Glory be to You Oh Allah, I bear witness there is no god but You, and I seek Your Forgiveness and turn repentant to you." The eyes may cry and the heart may feel sadness, but the tongue does not utter anything displeasing to Allah... With du'a as our weapon and Al-Qawiyy (The Most Strong) as our Protector, who and what else could we possibly need? Alhamdulillah.